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Art therapists are master’s-level professionals who hold a degree in art therapy or a related field. Art therapy is a mental health profession that is based on the belief that the creative process involved inartistic self-expression helps people to resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and self-awareness, and achieve insight.

Art therapists are skilled in the application of a variety of art modalities (drawing, painting, sculpture, and other media) for assessment and treatment. They are trained to work with people of all ages and impairments in a variety of settings, including hospitals, rehabilitation, psychiatric, medical, residential, educational, assisted living facilities, as well as in private practice.

Many credentialed art therapists seek and obtain licensure in additional fields, including professional counseling and marriage and family therapy. There are a variety of helping, educational, and art professions that have education and training requirements that parallel those of art therapy.

The American Art Therapy Association represents more than 5,000 professional art therapists located around the world.

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